Wish this story would have received better play. I'm just spotting it.
Seems it would be worthy of the front page. If we, the public, don't get
upset at such police brutality, it will not end. If it had been front page, more
people would have been upset. I read the comment from Salt Lake Police detective
Robert Ungricht and can tell the police department believes unleashing the dog
on the man was justified. If the police believe this was justified, perhaps we
should have a problem with what the police believe is justified force and with
what police policies are and with the laws that make it legal.
Steve C. Warren - WEST VALLEY CITY, UTWhen you fail to show up for a
court date and a warrant of arrest is issued then you have nobody but yourself
to blame. I'm certainly not suggesting that Mr. Sanchez's
attorney Mr. Robert Sykes, is an ambulance chaser. Further, I'd like to
think that any money this attorney might get if the lawsuit is successful will
be donated to his favorite charity.
Sydney Kapplan's credible testimony is a huge problem for the police
department and its usual spin. The Tribune has a much more detailed version of
her account of what happened. I expect the city will get stuck with a large
attorney's fee and settle out of court.
Yes, we want to support our policemen. Yes, they put themselves, for our
benefit, in harms way often. However, our policemen simply cannot keep treating
people with such contempt. The eyewitness quoted toward the end of the article
indicates there was no need for the dog attack. Is there no better way to
de-escalate a situation with a belligerent intoxicated man taking a fighting
stance other than to order a vicious dog attack ('ripping flesh')?
Mack2828 - Ft Thomas, KYKeep your nose clean, obey the law, and you
will have nothing to fear from the police. Get drunk and disorderly and then
become aggressive when they try to arrest you and then you will have a problem.
Growing up I was always taught to respect the police and that they were "the
good guys." Now days... I'm just not so sure.
Wow, just wow. Even if this was a legitimate arrest, this could not have been
carried out any worse. This looks almost as bad as arresting
innocent nurses for doing their job. But I think it's actually worse
because this was something that was discussed possibly for weeks. How can a group of law enforcement folks come to the conclusion that it is a
good idea to arrest a person right after that person accuses an officer of
serious wrong doing? 6 months after the incident
This appears to be gross overreaction on the part of the police. The timing,
the number of officers involved with the arrest and the use of the dog is over
the top. It is amazing the SLPD would go to this extent and in such a public
way after the mess at the University Hospital. It may be time for the Mayor to
take a hard look at her Chief and his tactics.
I don't believe that police dog should have been let loose on this man to
inflict these injuries, period. That's an incredibly violent, vicious, and
barbaric act. What age are we living in? Is it a return to the dark
Mr. Sykes,No. First The police didn't just happen bring up the
charges. Second, if your client "promised" to go to his court date; he
failed to do a simple thing and actually keep that promise. Third, the court
issued the arrest warrant (not the police) several months ago. Fourth, the
police arrested your client in support of the court order. Fifth, if your client
lied to you about not having any charges, he also failed to appear in court.
Sixth, If he told you that he had an arrest warrant, you probably shouldn't
bring him to the police department announcing a lawsuit.Either your
client is not being honest, or you didn't do your due diligence to check on
your client's charges or warrants... Maybe a little of both.
The issue that seems most important here is when it is appropriate to unleash an
attack dog on a person. What does the police handbook say? This is about whether
the amount of force was excessive. Given that, as the story details, Sanchez was
intoxicated or at least incapacitated and could not reasonably be considered to
be a threat to a trained officer of the law (even a heroic officer as the story
notes) how is using a canine an appropriate response? I'll leave off
my concern about the charges being filed on the very day he decides to speak
The criminal sees a police dog and starts running.......fights back and gets his
clock cleaned and the lawyers up!That's leftist ACLU justice
for you........too bad the dog can't sue the criminal for the trauma he